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President Bill Clinton to receive award at UConn next month

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Former President Bill Clinton. (AP photo) Former President Bill Clinton. (AP photo)

Former President Bill Clinton and a human rights organization will receive an award in October at the University of Connecticut.

Clinton and the Tostan organization from Africa are slated to receive the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. 

The ceremony is set for Oct. 15 in Storrs.

Clinton will give the keynote speech at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

The award itself is given at UConn biennially to a leader or group that has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and human rights around the world, the university said.

This year, Clinton, along with Tostan, which operates out of Senegal, will be the recipients, according to UConn.

UConn said Clinton changed the global conversation on human rights both during his presidency and afterward through his work with the Clinton Foundation. It said the Clinton Global Initiative lead to more justice, equity and dignity in the world.

Tostan works to organize and empower African communities to bring about more sustainable development and address significant human rights concerts. Tostan is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The winners will receive a certificate, a commemorative bronze bust of Thomas J. Dodd and $100,000. UConn officials said the prize money will all go to Tostan.

Clinton is not receiving any money from UConn for the speech, the university revealed.

Thomas J. Dodd was the lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, which handled Nazi war crimes after World War II, and served as a U.S. Representative in the 1950s. He was also a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 1971.

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